In modern buildings virtually all electric loads are non-linear. Neither the applicable standards for supply of electrical energy nor those for consumption of electrical energy take into account the replacement of linear loads by non-linear loads. Low power equipment is exempted in standards assuming that all other (linear) loads dominate the power quality. In modern buildings there is a huge number of non-linear loads in lighting, monitor, computer and small power supplies and only a very limited number (or no) conventional linear loads. This is causing unacceptable interference with costly consequences.
This paper analyzes current standards and the (exemptions for) harmonic current consumption of modern devices. The increase in harmonic distortion in a new building due to a multitude of non-linear equipment is shown. This forced the owner of the building to make costly changes in the power supply network.
|Publisher||IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society|
|Conference||2011 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC 2011|
|Period||14/08/11 → 19/08/11|